“Scars” are Beautiful: We are Wounded & Resurrected at the Same Time

If scars were championships, I’d have Michael Jordan and Tom Brady beat!  I’ve got the trach dent, a crooked eye, a bunch of marks from tubes to drain infected lungs, multiple stomach tube scars, a wrist with scaffolding, and all sorts of “interesting” stories on my face.  And those are just my PHYSICAL scars!  I … Continue reading “Scars” are Beautiful: We are Wounded & Resurrected at the Same Time

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You Have Permission

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you don't know how to act?  One of the blessings of marrying Lisa was gaining three adult "kids" and seven grandchildren.  The weird part, though, is having only been in their lives for a few years, we don't have a dad or granddad type of relationship, … Continue reading You Have Permission

Heaven is in Your Heart

20+ years ago when a dear friend of mine was getting married, as he and I stood in a side room right before the ceremony, tears began rolling down his face.  Confused, I asked him why he was crying.  "I'm just so happy," he replied.  It was years before I really understood what he meant. … Continue reading Heaven is in Your Heart

Meditation on How Our Thoughts Transform Our Reality

Teaching yoga I get to regularly interact with attractive ladies.  As you might imagine, thought bubbles related to their prettiness arise from time to time.  While I'm realizing this is normal and natural, the danger is when I identify with these thoughts, which is all too common for us.  It seems to me we've made … Continue reading Meditation on How Our Thoughts Transform Our Reality

Every Day is a Gift, a Chance to Start Anew

Sometimes I feel haunted by my past.  I keep replaying the tapes of my struggles, weaknesses, and losses ... which, ironically, frequently dooms me to repeat them.  For example, after I got remarried again following my first divorce, when something Carla did reminded me of when my first marriage went south, I'd get a bit … Continue reading Every Day is a Gift, a Chance to Start Anew

The Surprising Way Noah’s Flood Story is Good News Relevant to Us Today

I was talking to my friend Olya the other day about using Instagram to spread good vibes.  I frequently take pictures of myself doing yoga poses, which I post with a few thoughts to inspire and encourage people.  To increase my influence/followers and thus magnify my ability to spread Love, Olya suggested I consider having … Continue reading The Surprising Way Noah’s Flood Story is Good News Relevant to Us Today

Beauty and Love Stalk Us: A Few Thoughts on the Mind-Blowing Good News of Psalm 23

I’ve had the weirdest experience in my 40s that maybe you can relate to, perhaps you haven’t gotten that “old” yet, or it could be I’m a bit crazy. 🙂 I can’t tell you how many times a saying, an idea, a belief, a story, and so on that had become old hat, trite, cliché, … Continue reading Beauty and Love Stalk Us: A Few Thoughts on the Mind-Blowing Good News of Psalm 23

The Gate of Heaven is EVERYWHERE

It seems to me “heaven” is more of an attitude or lens for seeing life, than it is a place … at least while we’re alive.  For years I thought feeling the Spirit, or “experiencing God”, was a rare event and/or just for select people.  Yet, over time I’ve found a simple shift of mentality … Continue reading The Gate of Heaven is EVERYWHERE

Meditation on Being More Present to Experience MORE Beauty, Joy, Connection, Feels, and Love

To me, people are incredibly important, because life is about love.  It's about using our energies to increase thriving and flourishing for each of us.  I say this because one of the best gifts we can give anyone, ourselves included, is presence.  An ongoing goal for me is to be more present, which starts with getting sucked … Continue reading Meditation on Being More Present to Experience MORE Beauty, Joy, Connection, Feels, and Love

Knowing Less is Really Knowing More: The Importance of “I Don’t Know”

I don't know if there really is a God.  I don't know what happens after we die.  I don't know if heaven is for real or not.  I don't know why there's so much violence, disease, oppression, and abuse in the world.  Nor do I know why there's so much beauty and abundant life.  Naturally … Continue reading Knowing Less is Really Knowing More: The Importance of “I Don’t Know”